Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Cutthroats have tough opener at state

Soccer girls open against Payette

They took a big step last October, winning two games at the State 3A girls? soccer tournament and earning the third-place trophy by a 3-2 score over the Payette Pirates.

Now, Community School girls? soccer players are headed back to the state tournament, looking to take another big step and possibly make it to Saturday?s championship game.

Standing in the way, though, are the Payette Pirates (18-2), ranked first in the girls' soccer poll but relegated to second place in the Third District because of a one-goal loss to McCall-Donnelly.

Coach Kelly Feldman?s Cutthroats (8-3) open up against Payette Thursday at 11 a.m. And the coach is optimistic.

She said, ?We?re excited about state?and it?s good to get the hard game out of the way first. At state you have almost the most pressure in the first game because you want to get to the second round. You never know what?s going to happen.

?With Payette, it?s nice knowing we?ve played them before. They?re a solid team, but they don?t have one incredible player. If we can play smart, play our game and possess the ball like we?ve been doing, we?ll do fine.?

Making its sixth trip to state soccer, The Community School will be led by senior captain Cassidy Doucette (19 goals season, 36 career).

The Cutthroats came very close to making the championship game in 2003. They beat North Fremont 2-1 in the first round then lost 1-0 to eventual state champion American Falls in the state semi-final.

Currently ranked second in the state, American Falls (15-2-1, outscoring foes 61-9 with 15 shutouts) has a tough opening-round draw Thursday in 2001-02 State 3A champion McCall-Donnelly (11-7-2). McCall beat Payette twice this season.

The winner of American Falls and McCall could make Saturday?s championship game, and history indicates that the winner of Payette-Community School might make it to the finale, too.

State 3A GIRLS soccer

Thursday, Oct. 28

11:00 a.m. Community School vs. Payette (game #1)
11:00 a.m. Bonners Ferry vs. Shelley (game #2)
2:00 p.m. Teton vs. Marsh Valley (game #3)
2:00 p.m. McCall-Donnelly vs. American Falls (game #4)

Friday, Oct. 29
11:00 a.m. Loser #1 vs. loser #2
11:00 a.m. Loser #3 vs. loser #4
2:00 p.m. Winner #1 vs. winner #2
2:00 p.m. Winner #3 vs. winner #4

Saturday, Oct. 30
10:30 a.m. Consolation fourth-place game
10:30 a.m. Third-place game
1:30 p.m. Championship game

Last year?s champion?American Falls 3-2 over Wood River.
Third place?Community School 3-2 over Payette.
Consolation?McCall-Donnelly 4-0 over Bonners Ferry.

Location?Capital Soccer Complex, South Eagle Rd. and Lake Hazel Rd., Meridian (take Eagle Rd. exit off I-84 west of Boise, and go south)

General admission?$5 per day

Trophies?are awarded to the top four teams, with medals going to members of the first- and second-place teams.

Tie games?Games tied after 80 minutes of play will be settled by two 10-minute sudden death overtime periods. If games are still tied, alternating kicks from the penalty mark by five members from each team, most goals the winner. Finally, if games are still tied, sudden victory penalty kicks by five different players.

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